A bright and modern day spa in the red brick 1901 building of Wimbledon Leisure Centre, Spa Experience offers affordable luxury and a wide range of over 50 treatments. You can book traditional thermal therapies, beauty treatments, facials and massages or packages for couples and friends. The thermal area is set in the historic bath house, with high ceilings and windows letting in lots of light. There you will find a raised Jacuzzi, tepidarium bench, hammam, sauna, ice fountain and experience showers.
- Hammam wet treatment room
- Manicure and pedicure room
- Spa shop
- Steam room
- Monsoon shower
- Bucket shower
- Ice fountain
- Hammam with foot spas
- Hydrotherapy pool
- Relaxation lounge
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Spa Experience Wimbledon is inside the Wimbledon Leisure Centre on a quiet residential road in south-west London. A Victorian brick and stone facade with arched windows gives way to the leisure centre's main reception and spa, which is on the first floor.
What's on offer?
Wooden laminate steps lead up a pale grey corridor and through a heavy wooden door into the spa reception. At the counter, spa staff hand out fabric bags filled with soft grey robes, towels and flip-flops. Pale greys and varnished wood continue through an open doorway into a cosy seating area. Here you can sit on a pale leather stool and fill out your consultation form with a shot of fresh orange juice, enticed by a large display of Murad, Elemis and La Sultane de Saba products.
You'll need to head back out of the reception door to access the changing rooms, located a short walk along the adjacent corridor. Inside, square creamy tiles line the floor and walls, while varnished wood and metal benches provide ample space for changing. A row of matching varnished wood lockers lines the back wall -- you'll need to bring your own padlock -- and a mirrored vanity area has hairdryers and straighteners. Behind the vanity zone is a row of showers with opaque glass doors (each containing soap dispensers), as well as several loos.
Spa Experience Wimbledon's thermal facilities are all in one relatively compact room, but high ceilings, butter-coloured tiles and roof lights inject a feeling of space. To the right lies a long, heated hammam bench, decorated with matt slate slabs and bronze mosaics. A pair of footbaths is in the corner here, too; kick off your spa journey by dipping your toes in the warm water.
The focal point of the room is a large circular Jacuzzi, which we had to ourselves. On the adjacent wall there's a sauna, which is bright courtesy of glass windows, and a very hot steam room with an orange glow emitting from behind a slab of grey stone.
Cool off in the monsoon shower, at the ice fountain or, if you're feeling brave (we weren't), pull the handle on the ice bucket. There's also a cosy hammam treatment room where guests booking mud treatments can settle down on a mosaic lounger.
The long, slim relaxation area has solid wood loungers interspersed with opaque gold fabric and wooden shutters to diffuse the light. We loved the silver lanterns and nooks in the wall containing LED candles. There's a refreshing lemon- and cucumber- infused water dispenser, a selection of herbal teas, as well as a stack of magazines.
Tell us about the treatments
We tried a La Sultane de Saba Malaysian Bamboo massage (90 minutes, £89) followed by a Murad Method facial (25 minutes, £40).
With charcoal walls, cloud-grey towels and gauzy taupe curtains, the treatment room that my therapist, Nataliya, led me to was cosy and peaceful.
Nataliya settled me face down on the massage bed, draped me in soft towels, and cleansed my feet. La Sultane de Saba's Malaysian Bamboo treatment, she explained, harnesses massage techniques used for generations by a tribe in Sabah.
Nataliya began the massage by applying a Champaka tropical flower scrub, which smelled fresh and "beachy". She used strong strokes to encourage circulation across my legs, upper back and arms before turning me over to repeat the process on my chest and stomach, adding a tingly eucalyptus-scented face cream to the mix.
After a quick shower, the real relaxation began: Nataliya coated my skin in oil infused with Barbary fig, organic carotene and Champaka extract in preparation for the massage. Using the bamboo stick, Nataliya stretched, rolled and kneaded the tense knots in my shoulders while banishing the tightness from my calves.
By the time Nataliya woke me for my Murad Method facial, I was deeply relaxed. With the goal of hydration in mind, Nataliya began with a cleanser and fragrant rose-scented toner to prep my skin for the hydrating mask. The mask contained glycolic acid to coax away dead skin cells, and it had a pretty intense tingle. While it soaked in, Nataliya gave me a heavenly scalp and neck massage. After removing the mask with hot towels, she performed an invigorating face massage before dabbing on some radiance eye cream and a slick of moisturiser. The treatment concluded with a tasty berry smoothie.
Despite the facial lasting just 25 minutes, I was delighted by my newly found porcelain complexion.
Spa Experience Wimbledon doesn't offer dining on-site, but you can enjoy a selection of fresh fruit smoothies, or grab lunch from the high street.
We loved / we didn't love
Affordable spa treatments are hard to come by in London; Spa Experience Wimbledon has some very competitively priced treatments, with great service to match.
We didn't love
The changing rooms are tired and could do with more frequent attention; new towels in the treatment rooms would be beneficial, too.
Because the relaxation area serves as the corridor between reception and the thermal facilities, our slumber was interrupted by guests walking between.
Who do you think would like it?
Solo spa goers and couples will be well catered for at Spa Experience Wimbledon.